THE man stabbed to death outside a Coventry night club has been identified as The Specials singer Neville Staple.
Fidel Anderson, 21, was knifed in the stomach behind Club M, with a second man, aged 23, left in a serious condition after the horror incident.
A 23-year-old man arrested in City Arcade a short time after the attacks on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, remains in police custody tonight.
Singer Neville, of the 1980s Ghost Town band, confirmed the tragic news on Facebook.
He said: “We are truly devastated to announce the heartbreaking loss of my grandson Fidel (my daughter Melanie’s son), who died today as a result of being attacked with a knife in the street.
“We want to thank the hospital staff & surgeons at UHCW University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, who battled all day to try & save him.
“My beautiful daughter Melanie & wife Christine Sugary, all the family and myself are still shocked by this tragedy.
“But would like to thank you all for the kindness & messages we have received. Thank you.”
Neville performed on The Specials’ ska hits, including A Message to You Rudy and Free Nelson Mandela, and now tours with his own band.
Another man, aged 23, was also found with stab injuries a short distance away in Queen Victoria Road.
He remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital following surgery this afternoon.
Detective Inspector Harry Harrison, from the homicide unit, said: “Sadly another young man has lost his life in a knife attack.
“Our thoughts are with his family at this dreadful time.
“Our family liaison officers are supporting them as we continue our investigations into what happened.
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“We are aware that numerous people who were at the club at the time could have witnessed what happened and I would urge them to contact us with any information no matter how insignificant it may seem.”
Officers are continuing to speak to witnesses and examine CCTV.
Anyone with information is urged to contact West Midlands Police either via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and 9pm, or by calling 101 anytime or contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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